Friday, March 11, 2011

Earthquake, Tsunami in japan

AP reports,

A ferocious tsunami unleashed by Japan's biggest recorded earthquake slammed into its eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it carried away ships, cars and homes, and triggered widespread fires that burned out of control.

Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii but did not cause major damage. Warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West coast. In northeastern Japan, the area around a nuclear power plant was evacuated after the reactor's cooling system failed.

Police said 200 to 300 bodies were found in the northeastern coastal city of Sendai, the city in Miyagi prefecture, or state, closest to the epicenter. Another 137 were confirmed killed, with 531 people missing. Police also said 627 people were injured.

Photo from AP/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Keiichi Nakane


IT said...

Minor but real tsunami damage in California; several small harbors up the coast suffered damage, and a man was washed to sea taking pictures.

Brother David said...

I watched a Japanese network helicopter video report on a small city of 17,000 right on the northern coast of the main island. The tsunami wiped it off the landscape. The only thing left of the city was the larger concrete structures and the concrete foundations of other buildings. There were no houses, no cars and no people or animals, everything was swept away. Close to 10,000 people are reported missing in this city alone.

Lord in your mercy.

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Prayers ascending for Japan! and for us all...